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Going concave

Here are two stories of #aging. The first of a good friend, who, catching a glimpse of herself in a mirror, pronounced herself “concave.” She was, in my words, not hers, pulled inwardly centripetally, toward her solar plexus, that sun of our selves that...

Your jaw knows something you might not

A class had just begun taught by a distinguished voice professional to a group of voice professionals. Point, he said to your upper #jaw. We all dutifully did so. There is no upper #jaw, he said, and we quickly removed our offending fingers. True. There is no upper...

Back and up.

I am reading an old volume, Tradition and Gigli, by E. Herbert Caesari, author too, of Voice of the Mind. In Tradition he advocates time and again the sense of up and back as the singer goes over the passaggio, that is, through the upper middle notes and into the high...